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reaching out. president obama works to repair relations with the muslim world. >> america is not and never will be at war with islam. mystery in the sky. nobody seems to know just what this vapor trail off the california coast is or where it came from. and stranded at sea. no air conditioning and no hot water. a powerless cruise ship in the pacific slowly returns to port. this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, november 10th, this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, november 10th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs . president obama travels to
south korea today after indonesia, the president told a kraut of university students quote indonesia is part of me. wit johnson is in washington with details. good morning, whit. >> betty, good morning. he heads to a much more contentious environment in south korea. many countries are frustrated with slug dish economic growth and there are deep divides about how to fix the problem. before heading to south korea president obama delivered a message of friendship to muslims around the world. >> america is not and never will at war with islam. >> reporter: in this speech he admitted despite his beth efforts relations between the u.s. and muslims are still tense but the president praised the country for its own efforts to root out terrorists and urged all nations to work together to overcome that.
>> all of us must work together to defeat al qaeda and its affiliates. we have no claim to be leaders of any religion. >> reporter: the president will attend the g-20 world economic summit in south korea. tuesday, he warned the group still has a long way to go with the global economy. >> one of the key steps is putting in place additional tools to encourage balanced and sustainable growth. >> reporter: one central issue at the meeting will likely be the federal reserve's recently announced plan to pump $600 billion into the u.s. economy. china and germany have already criticized the idea, suggesting that it see it drive down the value of the dollar even more and worsen global trade tensions. but president obama is standing by the program insisting a healthy american economy is good for everyone. president obama plans to visit u.s. soldiers stationed in south korea. he's also trying to finalize a trade deal that could lead to
more american jobs. betty? >> whit johnson live in washington, thank you. back in indnaesh yeah, a mild uproar over a religious faux pas involving a muslim government official and the first lady. the conservative government minister admits he shook hands with mrs. obama but says his hand was forced. conservative muslims avoid contact with women they are not related to. the minister is the last one in line and he appears enthusiastic about greeting the first lady. you decide. this morning, though, a a mysterious vapor trail seen over the southern california sky and it remains a mystery. this video of what resembled a missile launch was shot monday by the csbs tv helicopter. >> the video speaks for itself. it's definitely -- definitely some object. it's not a flock of birds or a jetliner. basically, it was a large plume at the horizon and it kind of grew and got thinner and
spiraling in nature. >> the pentagon says it hasn't a clue but says it's not a missile. the north american aerospace defense command says it was not a foreign missile launch and the faa says it's stumped. one independent expert says it looks like a plane. the investigation continues. we'll stay on top of that for you. meantime, though, this morning tugboats are tugging this cruise ship back to san diego but the going is slow not expected to arrive until tomorrow. meanwhile the 4500 passengers and crew are making due after monday's engine room fire stranded them at sea. manuel gallegus reports. >> reporter: the carnival cruise ship splendor on its way back to california, tugboats reached the stranded ship off the coast of mexico tuesday afternoon for the long tow to san diego. the 150-mile journey is expected to take two days. the 4500 passengers and cry members on board are reportedly fine but with no air conditioning, no hot water, no
internet and they're out of cell phone range. >> the passengers are being monitored closely. they're in good care. and doing very well. considering the circumstances. >> reporter: military helicopters delivered more than 10,000 pounds of supplies to the 952-foot ship from the u.s. navy aircraft carrier "robbed reagan" nearby. power on the ship monday was cut by an engine room fire which was contained without anyone getting hurt. >> we do not have any details on what happened and how the fire was caused. that is under investigation. >> reporter: the cruise started in los angeles and was sent to tour the mexican resort coast. it will be costly for carnival. they'll be refunding passengers who are no doubt ready for some dry land. manuel gallegus, cbs news. election workers began counting write-in ballots in alaska. the incumbent is trying to win re-election as a write-in and is in a close race with joe miller there. are more than 30,000 ballots to
count. write-ins hold a slim lead over the republican. he beat her for the gop nomination. no charges will be filed in the destruction of c cia videotapes, a suspected terrorist interrogations. the tapes were destroyed in 2005. it's believed the tapes show prisoners being waterboarded a technique which simulates drowning. an investigation into the interrogation continues. it is expected to takes weeks before a decision on whether to prosecute five american soldiers charged with murdering afghan civilians for sport. the alleged ringleader appeared at a hearing tuesday. david martin reports. >> reporter: staff sergeant calvin gibbs on patrol in afghanistan three days after he allegedly orchestrated the murder of an afghan civilian. if the charges are true, he used those medical sheers tucked into the top of his flack jacket to cut off fingers as trophies. >> he's crazy. there's something wrong with that guy. and i've seen him kill, you
know, i know he's killed dudes. >> specialist jeremy morelock accused of taking part in three murders earlier this year made that statement to army investigators as he sdriped gibbs' actions. >> pulled out one of his grenades, american grenade, you know, popped it, flipped the grenade then -- >> winfield, is specialist winfield who admitted to being a member of gibbs's kill team. >> what did he mean by that. >> he meant that he was going to kill people. >> winfield, too, is charged with murder. >> pretty much the worse thing i've ever done in my life. >> looking back, is there any way that shooting could have been justified at all. >> no. >> winfield claimed he was too afraid of gibbs to blow the whistle. >> what do you think he would do. >> i think he would kill me. >> and why do you think that? >> he said it. he said if anyone ever ratted on them, he would kill them. >> another soldier emmitt quintall told investigators what
happened when -- >> told stund er if he snitched again, he would kill him and that he has killed people before and he has no problems killing again. at that time, staff sergeant gibbs had a cloth. he opened it and dropped it and human 3w0ed fingers fell out on the floor, to the ground. >> reporter: and yes, there are pictures of soldiers posing with the bodies of their victims. the army is doing everything it can to keep those photos from becoming public. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. just ahead on the morning news, can you be fired from your job for what you post on facebook? plus, the popular alcoholic energy drink may be headed for a state-wide band. first katie couric with a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> if you need a kidney
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tuesday, the city's board of supervisors voted 8 to 3 for the ban, sparked by concerns about childhood obesity. it requires fruits or vegetables to be served with kids' meals and bans toys in meals with too much salt or fat. it takes effect in december of next year. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia were mixed this morning. ashley morrison is new york with much more on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, betty. some asian markets got a boost on the dollar's strength. japan's nikkei rose nearly 1.5%, hitting a four-month high, while hong kong's hang seng lost nearly 1%. today, wall street gets third quarter earnings results from general motors. tuesday, stocks slipped from the start and never bounced back. the dow gave back 60 points, while the nasdaq lost 17. more than 21 million taxpayers will be happy to hear of at least one agreement on capitol hill. leaders from both parties are promising to spare them from the dreaded alternative minimum tax by adjusting the tax before the end of the year.
the tax was enacted in 1969 to make sure higher-income taxpayers couldn't avoid paying uncle sam but was never adjusted for inflation. google's search service will soon let you preview your search results. users will be able to see previews of websites before clicking on them. that way, you can skip sites that obviously aren't what you're looking for. to see the previews, just click on the magnifying glass next to each search result. google's also giving an early holiday gift to its employees. tuesday the company announced all employees will get thousand dollar cash bonus and raise of 10%. google will also pay the taxes on the extra cash. and it's not exactly what retailers want to hear, consumers plan to cut their spending for the holidays. a new survey finds 45% of all americans will cut back on the cost of gifts this year, with one in four planning on giving home-made gifts. and can you be fired for what you post on facebook? well, the national labor
relations board does not think so. they're defending a connecticut woman who was terminated after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on the social networking site. the company insists they have the right. a judge is set to hear the case in january. betty, fire-able or not i just don't think it is a good idea to post those kind of remarks about your boss. it will not improve the working relationship. >> if you are not going to say it out loud in front of the person, i don't know if you should post it online for the whole world to see. lovely. ashley, thank you for joining us here in new york. appreciate that. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather, and in sports a night of surprises in the nba. ♪ hey! wait up! ♪ [ female announcer ] you see a mud stain. but new wisk sees a particulate stain. with our breakthrough stain spectrum technology, wisk is engineered to fight all the major stain groups like particulates and oils.
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a career-high 46 points including the shot that sent the game into overtime. utah went ahead on free throws and held on to beat the heat 116-114. in los angeles, the lakers got 33 points from kobe bryant against minnesota. the 99-94 win keeps the defending champion lakers undefeated in eight games this season. and counting. their best ever season start was winning 11 straight in 1997. in new orleans, the hornets are off and running with their best start ever winning their first seven games. chris paul had 13 points against the clippers in new orleans for the 101-82 victory. and a big surprise indianapolis made their first 20 shots of the third quarter against denver. mike dunleavy had 24 of his 31 points in that period, as the pacers cruise to a 144-113 win over the nuggets. and when we return, another look at this morning's top stories, plus high-tech surveillance, how drones are changing the way we secure our
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on the "cbs morning news," a look at today's weather.we scattered snow showers flying around the northwest. another storm system is moving through the midwest. the southeast staying warmer than normal and the new england region still dealing with windy conditions. here's another look at this morning's top stories. president obama left indonesia for the g-20 summit in south korea. tuesday in jakarta, the president told a crowd of university students that the u.s. is not and never will be at war with islam. and a cruise ship that was stranded in the pacific following a fire is being towed to san diego. it is expected to reach port tomorrow. there are 4500 passengers and crew on board the carnival "splendor." safeguarding our borders is just one component that's key to our national security.
to the south, the u.s.-mexico border runs 2000 miles. since there aren't enough agents to patrol it, homeland security is using drones to do the job. bob orr got a rare look at it. >> reporter: from four miles up, this is what smuggling looks like along the mexican border. illegal immigrants sneaking through the brush, a drug-running ultra-light airplane heading towards tucson. a blackhawk helicopter corraling a group of border crossers, all seen by a predator remote controlled aircraft armed with high-powered cameras. predators are best known for tracking and killing terrorists in afghanistan and pakistan. >> impact! >> reporter: here on the u.s. border, they are used strictly for surveillance. >> i'm pretty sure they'll be able to tell the you are in a blue shirt, tan flacks i'm in a flack suit -- >> they can see all of that? >> they can see all of that. >> we are trying to cross the border, sneaking across we would be plainly visible. >> that's correct. we would be working on putting agents in place to intercept you. >> reporter: he wants more
pilots to keep the predators flying around around the clock claiming nothing else provides this kind of immediate intelligence. >> my boss in washington, d.c. can log on and say, what are we looking at right now? >> reporter: you could feed this picture in realtime to the command center. >> reporter: the program is expensive. each predator costs around $18 million and the aircraft has limits. they're only cleared to fly inside a narrow zone along the border and can't fly at all in bad weather. still, to him, the air fleet is essential and congress is sold. a fourth predator is on its way to the mexican border. bob orr, cbs news, arizona. in other news, actress betty white is proving that there's little that can slow her down these days including fulfilling a girlhood dream. tuesday, white was made an honorary forest rangers by the oopdz u.s. forest service complete with hat and smoky the bear. the 88-year-old had wanted to be a park ranger when she was younger but women weren't allowed to have the job back then. white says her parents would have been over the moon. congratulations.
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this w this week in iowa a deer made a flying leap, look at that, over a police car on patrol just missing a collision with the vehicle. the jane doe pranced off through the neighborhood and made good on her escape. a startling new study shines light on a harsh reality in this country. african-american males are falling behind in their education in alarming rates. research shows black males start to lag behind in class early and, as bill whitaker reports, the problem affects all americans in one way or another. >> reporter: the california academy of mathematics and
science in south l.a. is one of the top high schools in the country and senior daniel cesar is one of the top students, a average, ambitious, he wants to be a psychiatrist. >> i'm looking at berkeley and stanford as my top schools. >> reporter: but a troubling sign of the times, achieving black male students like daniel are increasingly rare in american schools. >> the overall academic achievement of african-american males was appalngly low not only in cities but nationwide. >> reporter: by fourth grade only 12% of black mael students read at or above grade level while 38% of white males do. by eighth grade it falls to 9% black males, 33% for whites. black male students are almost twice as likely as white males to drop out of schools. and in some big american cities, the dropout rate is around 50%. in some south l.a. neighborhoods, this seems more common than this. >> black males now make up only 5% of the college enrollment
nationally but 36% of the prison population. >> reporter: researchers say this isn't just a crisis affecting african-americans. this crisis affects all americans. dropouts cost taxpayers more than $8 billion annually in public assistance programs like food stamps. it costs more than $25,000 to incarcerate an inmate for a year but only about $14,000 a year for a student to attend community college. researchers call these dismal numbers a call to action for scholars across the country to study this problem and come up with real solutions. >> the problem can't be quarantined. not as if the problems of black males will stay in black communities. these things metastasize across the body politic. they spread out like a cancerous cell and impact and affect others. >> how many are going to college? daniel and others in the self-proclaimed nerd herd in south l.a. plan to beat the odds. >> i just push myself to make sure i get there and that the
generation behind me can look up to people like me. >> reporter: hoping to reverse this pattern of failure. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. coming up a little bit later on "the early show" an update on the stranded carnival cruise liner off baja, california. we'll hear from the coast guard. also, if you plan to fly for the holidays, we'll have money-saving tips on booking your trip. >> and actress rachel mcadams star of the new movie "morning glory" stops by. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day! -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com ,,,,